GEOSCI 210 - Scientific Discovery in Earth Sciences: A Research Experience
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Geological Sciences (GEOSCI)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This class is intended to provide students throughout LSA and the University of Michigan as a whole with the opportunity to be exposed to a diversity of Earth Science-related issues. By providing young students with the opportunity to work together with the instructor and her research group members in real, on-going research problems, the instructor hopes to interest students in majoring in Earth Sciences. Since this unique, research-oriented class will require a great deal of dedication and attention given to the students, the initial enrollment cap will be set at 10.

This course will provide students with a new, unique opportunity to learn and, more importantly, directly participate in scientific discovery. Identifying problems to be addressed, collecting and analyzing data, testing hypotheses, reaching potential conclusions and writing the prototype of a scientific paper will be integral parts of this class. Students will choose a topic of their interest among the on-going research projects of the instructor’s research group. These research topics are multi-disciplinary and call upon expertise within the fields of mantle geochemistry, tectonics, hydrology, and paleoclimatology. These topics address fundamental research questions and are at the cutting-edge of research topics in Earth Sciences (e.g., the helium-heat paradox problem, information on the Earth’s evolution provided by lakes underneath glaciers in Antarctica, and reconstruction of past climate). Through this research experience students will also have access to state of the art equipment such as the Noble Gas Laboratory at the University of Michigan.

Intended audience: Undergraduate non-science students who have not declared a concentration.

Course Requirements: This class is meant to encourage an appreciation for science among non- science students. Students will be mentored in a way similar to that of graduate students. There will be no exam, with grades based entirely on research work and the paper that results from it.

Class Format: 4 hours per week, 2-hour lecture & 2-hour lab.

GEOSCI 210 - Scientific Discovery in Earth Sciences: A Research Experience
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001 (LEC)
Th 2:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (LAB)
Th 4:00PM - 6:00PM
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